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Examining the rhythms of ‘urban elements’ on walking and driving routes in the city

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Original languageEnglish
Issue number6
Early online date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The article follows Kevin Lynch’s renowned formulation of ‘urban elements’ to examine the mobilities, experiences and materialities on ordinary routes in the city. Utilizing route narratives and participant-produced visual data, the article focuses on various identifiable micro-temporalities and mobility rhythms on repeated walking and driving routes, building on Henri Lefebvre’s notion of ‘rhythmanalysis’. The article examines how a framework built around rhythm and urban elements can add to the analysis of contemporary urban sites from the perspectives of situated mobile contexts, noting sequences and polyrhythmia as central temporal characteristics in the body‒environment relations.


  • everyday life, mobile methods, mobilities, Rhythm, rhythmanalysis, urban elements

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Field of science, Statistics Finland